X Minus One - Single Episodes
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X MINUS ONEX Minus One aired on NBC from 24 April 55 until 9 January 58 for a total of 124 episodes with one pilot or audition story. There was a revival of the series in 1973 when radio was attempting to bring back radio drama and it lasted until 1975. The show occupied numerous time slots through out its run in the 50's and thus was never able to generate a large following. X Minus One was an extension of Dimension X which aired on NBC from 1950-51. The first fifteen scripts used for X Minus One were scripts used in the airing of Dimension X; however, it soon found its own little niche. The stories for the show came from two of the most popular science fiction magazines at the time; Astounding and Galaxy. Adaptations of these stories were performed by Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts. They even wrote a few original stories of their own. The writers of the magazine stories were not well known then but now are the giants of today. These stories came from the minds of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson to name a few. This series has survived from its original airing in high quality to be enjoyed today.
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- 2008-09-06 20:34:01
Subject: A legend of Radio Drama, but not the original
The great part is they're both fantastic! And though set in the future they are really reflection on their era and a fun way to look back in time.
Subject: Ray bradury
You want to disparage Mr. Bradbury? I have to ask what is is your contribution to society?
Shut your pie hole, Ray Bradury is a national icon and you are nothing!
Subject: X Minus One = Two Thumbs Up!
One common comment I keep running into time & time again is, "Consider The Era". Meaning, when you consider the era OTR was the only source of mass entertainment, these shows are actually good. And, that kinda pisses me off a little. Because, comments like that devalue these programs. The truth is, there is absolutely no way you can compare OTR with today's sources of entertainment. And, the only thing to consider about OTR is, if it weren't for these programs, we wouldn't have what we do today.
These programs are priceless. Yet, they have more intrinsic value that anything we have today. Because, these programs were original stories, and 99% were broadcast live, including the sponsor breaks. And, there was no foul language. But, as for today, there is nothing original. In fact, what is being spewed out of the Hollywood cookie cutter factories comes from OTR programs. Except, this time around, they're stuffed with violence, foul language, nudity (ranging from lite porn to down right hardcore porn!)
Stop "Considering", and start "Respecting" these programs. And, be grateful that most have survived this long. They are truly entertainment masterpieces.
Subject: Top 10 Hall of Fame Show
Subject: Radio Days
I have them all -even the experiment revival from 1971 and in the best audio, but I am always looking for a better source. have not found one in a few years, so 'spect I have the best examples there are, but...you never know.
I love them all except the ones written by Ray Bradbury, I can't see anyone older than 4 years listening to his Radio plays. Bradbury is an over-rated, unoriginal old FRAUD.
Subject: What's wrong with X Minus One?
I keep getting an error message " Error loading media: File could not be played???
So, consequently I haven't heard well over 2/3'ds of theses episodes.
Can anything be done?
Subject: Listening Problems
Subject: What's the problem? I can hear every story with a click and a happy sigh.
I listen on one of 2 Vista PCs I have in my home, bought from eBay for peanuts when my Vista laptop wore out. The speakers I use on one are VERY old, of a quality that can't be had anymore in a PC, that still sound spectacular, but were cheap and ordinary back when I first acquired them.
If the thrill of addiction to your never-put-down, handheld, tiny-screen computer that can also be used as a telephone is worth it, just go away and forget enjoying these stories ever again. Unfortunately for me, the opposite will no-doubt happen: This site will undergo an earthquake of "upgrading" to meet YOUR devices' demands, leaving me with no option but to give up these stories or become one of YOU people, connected by nerves and blood-vessels to a handheld toy.
As things are now, I can download these episodes as MP3s and save them on CDs to play in my car or my bedside stereo, or wherever I wish. Or I can listen directly from the site, right here, one after another automatically, without having to download a thing. I live in real dread of the day it all goes away, and hope I won't even be around anymore when it happens.
(Off that topic, I have a complaint about the stories, just a silly one: This series has not one, but TWO, deafening intros to endure before each story begins. What were they thinking back in those days, making all these radio dramas, the GOOD ones, start with screeching, horrible noise? Think of all the tired, working GROWNUPS back then yelling, "Turn that #$%$#@!! off!!" to their kids every time a good program started on the radio, because of the shrieking, astonishing, pointless decibels of noise. Think of the younger people having to sit close to the radio with hand on volume knob to keep it low until the screeching racket ceased, so they wouldn't get the angry yell from daddy or mama. What in the world was the point of it??)
Subject: Site not working
Subject: Site No longer working
Subject: Malfunctioning Chrome Androids
If you're married to Chrome and still want to listen to them in your browser, you can click 'OGG VORBIS' under download options, click the file name on the now-expanded list, and it should play in your browser. If you're listening to a lot of shows in sequence, be sure to note the episode number, because when you click your back button to return to the Archive page you'll be starting from scratch.
Subject: X MInus One Won't Play in Chrome
Subject: Files not playing.
Subject: No longer plays back on Android it seems
Subject: Play back problems
Subject: Secret Space Program
Could there actually be... might we in reality have a Black or Dark Fleet..?
It's all quite suggestive, perhaps some say the original authors may have been individuals possessing "psychic" competencies as their understanding of resonant frequency emergent field structure capacities of one's cognizant consciousness.
Think I'll listen to all of X Minus One this rainy Saturday... and Dimension X will follow whilst continuing my research, perhaps acquiring some inspiration from more of this so brilliantly articulated and sentiently authored work. Additionally, allow me to note the sound effects are quite immersive lending themselves well to the storyline... Remembering before, how humanity perceived with their minds and there were no screens flashing imagery that so incessantly programed societal behavior visually and concepts were so well conveyed over an auditory spectrum we merely detect but a fraction of with our ears, yet is still only another form of electromagnetic wave propagation.
Subject: NIGHT CALL,COLLECT
Subject: Amazing Series
Some stories are unique and could only have been done justice through the power of radio. In particular: Hallucination Orbit.
Subject: Great Series! Wish there were more episodes.
Internet Archive, love the new look of your site! I find it a lot easier to use in this new format!
Subject: Great Stuff!
Does anyone know if "Death Calls Collect" is on the Archive anywhere? It's the one where this 80 year old guy who's completely alone on the planet gets a call from himself when he was young. Turns out when he was young, for fun and alleviate the boredom of being alone, creates a program that on his 80 birthday will call himself to talk (like Siri!) - but it kind of drives him nuts to be taunted by his younger self. Probably my favorite X.
Subject: Great SciFi shows here.
Subject: Good early, weak late
"X Minus One" started out that way. But then it began adapting scripts from stories of lesser authors...many of which descended into silliness. I have to believe there were better short stories and novellas to choose from, but the Golden Age was on the wane and NBC probably didn't want to pony up for the good stuff.
Subject: X-1/No Contact
Subject: Only Second To Reading A Sci-Fi Book!
Like I said in the title, the only things that beat these radio shows, in terms of thrilling imaginations, are the science fiction books that I had read over the years.
Subject: Fantastic Old Radio Shows
Here is an extensive list of the shows with authors for you to reference:
Subject: X-Minus One The Outer Limit
Subject: Countdown to hit n miss
Subject: Best radio show in existence.
Subject: X Minus One
Subject: X Minus One
Episode 36 Cave of Night was the first one I listened to as I had already heard all of Dimension X. This was whilst walking home through town and Earth signeled the space ship I started to cry – got even more funny looks than usual.
So far I'm only up to episode 50, I hope there is at least another episode as good as #38
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